Looking After Your Oral Health When Sick

Maintaining good oral care is important when you are ill. You should reschedule any appointments with a dentist until well again, but endeavour to keep up with your oral care routine at home.

Key takeaways:

  • Try to brush your teeth twice a day or at least once when you are feeling ill, flossing on a daily basis too.
  • If you vomit, rinse your mouth out with water and wait for around thirty minutes before brushing your teeth.
  • Drinking water regularly can help prevent bacteria building up when you are too unwell to brush your teeth.

“The stomach acids that come up into your oral cavity when vomiting are extremely acidic and can weaken tooth enamel. When you brush immediately afterward, you risk damaging your tooth enamel.”

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